There was once this thing called Aliens and for a while, it was good. Then the franchise kind of got ground down by a series of sub par sequels, spin-offs and other things; but often times a franchise’s expanded universe can do things that a movie series can not, like put out a compelling product. This is not a story about one of those, this is a story about the other kind.
The multi-platform game Aliens: Colonial Marines was released earlier this year, and it was a resounding critical bomb. Ranked somewhere between 43 and 48 per cent on Meta Critic, the critical drubbing is owed to several apparent controversies including a tight production schedule and the allegation that the video game maker, Gearbox outsourced a lot of the work to other companies while still collecting their pay checks from Sega.
Now Aliens star Michael Biehn, who lent his voice to the game in order to reprise his role as Cpl Hicks, has added himself to chorus of people talking about where the game went wrong. Here’s what he told Game Informer:
It seemed kind of passionless. I think in movies, television, and the gaming world, you get some people that are really, really passionate, and some people that are just going through the paces. They think that because they have a brand name they’re going to get a hit game or hit movie out of it. That certainly was the situation on [Aliens: Colonial Marines].
I’m pretty sure that’s where a lot of sequels go off the rails, with people thinking that brand recognition alone will guarantee box office success, but the ongoing lesson that people fail to learn is that it doesn’t. Listen to Biehn, people! Listen to Biehn.
Aliens fans are probably already aware that the franchise is dropping another video game on us in about a month and a half. This one is called Aliens: Colonial Marines and looks to be a FPS for the most part. And with its upcoming release is a new trailer to entice people into buying and playing the game, of course.
The game is a sequel to the movie Aliens, dealing with events immediately following the film. To emphasize this connection, the new trailer features a warning message from none-other-than Corporal Hicks. But do the marines listen and stay away from the alien-infested planet? Well, it wouldn’t be much of a game if they did, right?
So, without further ado, here is the latest trailer:
Look for Aliens: Colonial Marines to be hitting the shelves at your local game stores come February 13th of next year.
Surprise, surprise, but another gaming company has themselves in a bit of hot water over how they cater to female gamers. When will they learn it’s not only dudes buying their games. This time it’s the developer Gearbox feeling the fury of gamer girls over the lack of playable female characters in the online multiplayer portion of Aliens: Colonial Marines.
That’s right, in a game based on a franchise that gave us one of the most kick-ass, female warriors, Ripley, you can’t play as a woman when you want to game online. Way to seriously drop the ball, Gearbox.
But here’s hoping this might change before the games February 12th, 2013 release. Fan Melissa K. has started an online petition to make Gearbox aware of their egregious error. Under the username MOOSH89, the petition has already surpassed 2,000 signatures. Here’s their official statement from the petition’s website,
Aliens: Colonial Marines developed by Gearbox Software and published by SEGA is an upcoming First Person Shooter where according to the official website “You and your friends will become the most badass military outfit in the galaxy – the US Colonial Marines.”… “Enlist in the Marine Corps: Bringing you a true sequel to James Cameron’s classic Aliens…”… ” An extensive upgrade system allows players to customize their characters to play the way they want”, yet according to Brian Burleson, Producer at GBX, You CANNOT play as a female marine.
While we fully support Gearbox, We would like to request the inclusion of playable females. The ALIENS franchise is dominated by strong females such as Ripley, Vasquez, Ferro, Dietrich and most importantly, The Queen. There is roughly 5-6 months before the game goes Gold and releases February 12th, 2013. We believe ALIENS is the perfect starting pont for developers to start including playable females in more multiplayer shooters. And what better company to start this than Gearbox with the success of Borderlands and the benchmark shooter Brothers in Arms? There are many females that enjoy playing video games and are fans of the films who are tired of playing as a male all the time. Lets let Gearbox Software see how important this is to the ALIENS franchise!
What we want is the ability to create a CUSTOM female to represent ourselves just like the men can, in Multiplayer/Co-op in order for us to “Become a Colonial Marine” as well as accurately represent the other half of the United States Colonial Marine Corps!
I don’t believe the omission of a customizable female character was intentional by Gearbox, it’s an unfortunate oversight and sadly one we see more often than not. But it would be a great first step towards remedying the disparaging lack of options for female gamers.
E3 is one of the most boner-inducing nerd-fests on the face of the planet. In past years it has not failed to live up to the hype of all the wonderful toys it promises. This year is no exception, as top video game developers push the limits and try to outdo each other.
Here are some sneaks at a few of the fine offerings that gamers can expect to see in the near future.
The new Resident Evil 6, pushing the zombie hordes to the point of world-wide invasion:
I must have missed a few years in RE development, cause when did they get this fkn epic? I got pretty bored after the 2nd RE title, but this one makes me want to go back and try again.
Release Date: October 2nd of this year.
A gameplay demo for the new Tomb Raider origin game:
Again, a big Wow! Quite the improvement over what I remember Tomb Raider to be. Looks like a truly epic experience in gaming, not just one of another 50 shoot-em-up/stab-em-up first-persons that come out every year.
Release Date: Early 2013.
Dead Space 3 demo, showing the new co-op feature:
I’ve never played the first two in this series, but aside from the general aesthetics (which are very pretty indeed), this game looks pretty much like a dozen other shooters that have come out over the years.
Release Date: February 2013.
Here’s a little bit of the new Devil May Cry.
Apparently in this one you get to play an unlikeable, annoying douchebag as the main character. I was never a fan of the original DMCs, but this one, aside from being slightly more shiny, looks pretty much the same as all the rest.
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Trailer for the Transformers’ Fall of Cybertron game:
I’m not sure if there’s anything more to this game other than blowing other robots up, but it looks pretty epic.
Release Date: August 28, 2012
And more exciting than most (at least to me) – Aliens!
The Aliens: Colonial Marines trailer (with a bit of interview at the intro.):
After viewing that, I have to say that I am not as impressed as I hoped to be. The choppy combat looks several years out-of-date, though I guess they’ll be cleaning a lot of it up before the release next year.
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Another Medal of Honor game as well. I’ve been away from this series for quite some time, but when did we stop getting to kill Nazis? That was the only reason I played this game… oh well, guess the glory days are over.
And here is the trailer, complete with a very annoying soundtrack:
SEGA has put out this teaser video of Aliens: Colonial Marines and I have to say that it actually looks like it might AT LAST break the streak of crappy Aliens franchise video games.
The scene with the hauler looks great, This NerdBastard will squeal like a school girl if he gets the chance to climb into one of those yellow haulers and fight an Alien Queen. What are you looking for in an Aliens video game?
E3 officially starts today and Nintendo is having their press conference first thing this morning over at the expo. Will Nintendo pull what they did last year and ride on nostalgia once again, or will they be bringing down the house by announcing a new console? Will Nintendo keep please the casual fans or will they win the old-school fans back today? Find out by clicking on the jump button. *Videos will be added once available. (more…)
I love the build-up to next week’s E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo), when studio’s begin to release information about games that will be coming out/announced in the next year.
We’ve had a new Gears of War 3 trailer, details on Mass Effect 3, and a whole host of information on new games …. such as SEGA‘s new sci-fi shooter, Aliens: Colonial Marines.
Picking up after the events of Alien 3, the game follows marines heading back to the planet LV-426, and the abandoned ship U.S.S. Sulaco (the ships featured in the movie), to investigate what happened to the crew there, including Elanor Ripley.
According SEGA, the story “begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew. They will have to fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the universe. Aliens: Colonial Marines features authentic environments, such as the surface of LV-426 and Hadley’s Hope, weapons inspired by the film series and is designed to provide an exhilarating and engaging new chapter in the Aliens universe.”
While no gameplay footage is available just yet, be sure to stay tuned to our coverage of E3 next week, when I’m sure SEGA will have a lot more details to show us. In the meantime, check out the teaser trailer below.